Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Drive

I have to admit, the thought of tossing 4 of these into my WHS has happened more than once…just the ability to get almost 12tb of storage space from only 4 drives is darned impressive. Although the price is now $260 per, you know the drive is quick to go down if you’re patient.

On the surface, the new 3TB iteration of the Western Digital Green Drive series looks the same as the other drives in the series. Under the hood we have double the cache (up to 64MB from 32MB) of prior versions and the largest platter density around. The Green series of drives have the ability to dynamically optimize how fast they spin, depending on the system load. This means the drive doesn’t quite feel as fast as a 7200 RPM drive, but still feels faster than a 5400 RPM drive.

  • Western Digital 3TB Caviar Green Drive

    I’m trying to remember, do these 3TB drives work out of the box or is there some hardware card (or something else special) required for them to work in Windows 7? 

    • George L. Schmauch Jr.

      They do… but only under the

      They do… but only under the correct circumstances:

      “Drives with capacities in excess of 2.19 TB currently present barriers for PC hardware, firmware and software,” according to WD’s press release. To get around these barriers, WD is bundling its new drives with an Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)-compliant Host Bus Adapter (HBA), which will pair legacy operating systems with a driver than can support bigger drives.

      There’s more to it than that, however.  If you read the article, you’ll get all the dirty little details.

      • Sooooo, it won’t work with

        Sooooo, it won’t work with WHS v1 out of the box right?  Even tho it’s just a pool drive?

    • Here’s some more detailed

      Here’s some more detailed requirements for all OS versions.